Asian-style noodles are downright delicious. Whether you’re a fan of a vegan udon, a reuben ramen, a curry soup or a flavorful pho, Detroit delivers. Noodle around with the idea of adding a noodle house to your dining destinations while in The D.
This Japanese-inspired restaurant puts a special spin on its dishes, including seafood kimchi udon (spicy kimchi broth, soft egg, scallop, shrimp, clams, crawfish, kimchi, menma, Szechuan chili oil and citrus butter) and vegan pho (vegan pho broth, rice noodles, roasted tofu, bean sprout, Thai basil, jalapeño and lime). With its new so-close-to-Wayne State University location, Ima has recently added some staple student selections — fried foods, more desserts, nonalcoholic beverages and grab-and-go items.
Location: 2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
New Age Cafe
Macomb native Josh Prakobkij has put together a simple, fresh and creative menu influenced by Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai flavors. Order a build-your-own noodle bowl, and you can choose which steamy broth, type of noodle and add-ins make it into your mouth. Grandma’s egg rolls and scratch-made bubble waffles will be your new guilty pleasures. Special late-night menus served Thursdays.
Location: 20860 Hall Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
Slurp in style at this swank neighborhood izakaya where “noods” include gluten-free options and hits like kimchi carbonara with udon, pea tendrils, “spamcrumbs” and a sunny-side up egg. Try them all on Endless Ramen Sundays. Share Japanese street corn, save room for mochi doughnut holes and be sure to snap a pic in the Insta-worthy bathroom.
Location: 231 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Hop Sheing Noodle House
Noodles have been around since the Neolithic period — the popularity of ramen spanning more than your basic dorm room grub. You haven’t had real noodles until you’ve dug into a dish of pho or udon at Hop Sheing. Offering entrees that you can customize, you’ll leave ready to come back. Don’t forget to get a bubble tea, too.
Location: 4232 Fort St, Lincoln Park, MI 48146